A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research
January 11, 2017,
4:15pm to 5:30pm

COLLOQUIUM: Motivations for Spherical Torus research and initial results from NSTX Upgrade

Dr. Jon Menard
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Spherical Torus/Tokamak (ST) is being explored as a possible means of accelerating the development of magnetic fusion energy.  The ST offers access to a higher ratio of plasma pressure to magnetic field pressure and extends toroidal confinement physics understanding including support for ITER burning plasma physics.  The ST may also provide an attractive configuration for fusion applications including plasma-material-interface solution development, fusion nuclear component testing, and a net-electricity producing Pilot Plant.  The NSTX Upgrade (NSTX-U) facility at PPPL supports all of these research goals and carried out a productive 10 week commissioning and initial research campaign in 2016.  ST physics and applications, research highlights from the first NSTX-U campaign, and an overview of NSTX-U longer-term goals will be described.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2017-2018 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Nathaniel Ferraro, nferraro@pppl.gov
Charles A Gentile, cgentile@pppl.gov
Masayuki Ono, mono@pppl.gov
Tori Sikkema, tsikkema@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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